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What road bike do you have?

Old 05-03-16, 10:55 PM
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New to the forum and here is my new road bike
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First road bike, I'm 26 I used to mtb up until I turned 16 when I got my drivers license. I've always been fascinated by cycling, I've wanted to get into it for a couple years now. The place I bought the bike from is the nicest LBS around and they dont know how to size you for crap or at least the people that worked with me didnt. The bike is a little big for me but its not uncomfortable thankfully, I love riding it.
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The set up tells me that the frame is too big for you. Is there a way you can return it for the proper size? I would not buy a road bikt witrhout a proper fit and I have been riding for many years. if you love riding it, that is the main thing. You might enjoy it more if it fit properly.

Just a thought.

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Originally Posted by baj32161
The set up tells me that the frame is too big for you. Is there a way you can return it for the proper size? I would not buy a road bikt witrhout a proper fit and I have been riding for many years. if you love riding it, that is the main thing. You might enjoy it more if it fit properly.

Just a thought.

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What looks off about it? I havent got an official fit yet. Im gonna play around with the stem and handle bars theres a ton of spacers under the stem.

Funny I'm Brian J. as well lol

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Hey Brian,

The seat height was the obvious thing. I would have guesed without you saying that either, the bike was too big or that you may have a back issue that prevents you from riding a road bike with a proper fit.

That looks like a large frame...like a 59cm or 61cm. I am 6ft 1in and i ride a 58 cm frame. I had a 59 cm for one of my back up bikes and it was a touch too big for me but not overly so, as i was able to maintain a "proper" seat height. It all boils down to comfort but, since you are new to road bikes and may not know what a proper fit is I believe you will be even more comfortable on a properly sized frame. The idea is to be as comfortable as possible, not to ride a frame that is "not uncomfortable."

If it was me, I would see if i could return that for a smaller frame and demand a proper fitting. every shop I have been patronised offersa fit with purchase of a new bike.

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Here is my 2011 Cannondale Synapse 5 105. This has been a wonderful bike and i have not intentions of replacing it any time soon. It has carried my, rather prodigious, carcass for 2 2 day charity rides for cancer, each over 225KM as well as the many hours of recreatioinal riding I do here in Canada. It is the most comfortable aluminum frame I have ever ridden. Plus, it has classic good looks
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Here is my 2011 Cannondale Synapse 5 105.

Too small.
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A returning cyclist... having ridden MTB and BMX in the past, new to road bikes... loyal to Moots, so I stuck with what I know! My new Vamoots CR

Vamoots CR frame
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug
Too small.
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Huh?
The picture of your bike is too small. Need a larger photo so we can see details.
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Originally Posted by bjtoolmaker
First road bike, I'm 26 I used to mtb up until I turned 16 when I got my drivers license. I've always been fascinated by cycling, I've wanted to get into it for a couple years now. The place I bought the bike from is the nicest LBS around and they dont know how to size you for crap or at least the people that worked with me didnt. The bike is a little big for me but its not uncomfortable thankfully, I love riding it.
How long have you had the bike? I would take it back to the shop and tell them it's the wrong size for you and inquire about an exchange.

Regardless of how "nice" they were, it's very, very common for bike shops to push a less than optimal size onto an unsuspecting buyer to move inventory. Unfortunately, the bike shop system places undue burden on the bike shop to carry x amount of inventory in order to carry a brand at all.

I've bought bikes that were the wrong size before, and it detracts from the riding experience severely.

Go back to the shop, ask to try the next size down.
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The picture of your bike is too small. Need a larger photo so we can see details.
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Originally Posted by MikeIndy
My Road Bikes:
Trek Madone 9 series Project One, Di2 with Zipp 404 FireStrike LTD

Trek Domane 6 Series Di2 With Zipp FireStrike
Great looking bike! Is that an H2?
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'14 Roubaix w/ full Ultegra and Chinese carbon clinchers.

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Originally Posted by eric1971
'14 Roubaix w/ full Ultegra and Chinese carbon clinchers.

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How have the wheels been working out? Every once in a while, for no good reason at all, I peruse the cheap carbon wheels on amazon but I've been too afraid to actually put money towards them. I certainly don't need wheels, I just want to do something to make my bike more "mine."
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How have the wheels been working out? Every once in a while, for no good reason at all, I peruse the cheap carbon wheels on amazon but I've been too afraid to actually put money towards them. I certainly don't need wheels, I just want to do something to make my bike more "mine."
I had to true the front, other than that, no issues so far. Have ~ 400 miles on them. There is a lot of information available on the internet. I would recommend doing the research and then making your own decision based on that. I purchased from an eBay seller with a long history and good reputation.
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Originally Posted by eric1971
'14 Roubaix w/ full Ultegra and Chinese carbon clinchers.

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The poor rear derailleur.
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The poor rear derailleur.
Truly.. gear combination likely can be duplicated without stressing the derailleurs.

Here's my road bike for the last 14 years or so, gone through 3 sets of wheels, 2 sets of components, still rides that same as the day I bought it:



Here's my TT bike for times when I want to like I need to be tortured:


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Old 05-11-16, 10:26 PM
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First Post! I've been lurking for a week reading some threads, learning a lot so far.
2011 Specialized Allez E5. I got it used a couple of weeks. It's my first road bike, and I am in love with cycling all over again.
I'm not sure if the components have been upgraded or if this is what Specialized slapped on here in 2011 for the entry level E5.

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Cool setup, but you need to change the chain and clean cassette.
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Riding this in Switzerland. Probably boring for most of you guys
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Riding this in Switzerland. Probably boring for most of you guys
i dunno about that. For some reason, Treks in white with plain black lettering look very tidy to me. Same is true of the reversed (black with plain white). Understated, and nicely executed--I like!
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Looks good to me.
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Here's a shot of my Pinarello GAN RS. I got my first Pina in the 80's. It was made of Columbus SL tubing and lasted me for a couple of decades. I am retiring my FP3 and moving up to the new GAN RS with full Ultegra 6800 components. I upgraded the wheels to Zipp 30 Course so I can go tubeless at some time.

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